President Bio exudes statesmanship in Abu Dhabi as political sparks fly at home

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 January 2020:

Why is it that whenever there is political violence in Freetown, the president of Sierra Leone – Julius Maada Bio is out of the country?

Does this mean that those left behind to hold the reins of power are clueless about leadership and governance, or do they simply take advantage of the president’s absence to implement their divisive political agenda, causing chaos and anarchy in the country?

These are questions that the president ought to be reflecting upon, as he proudly presents himself as a model champion of good governance and strong leadership in Africa at the Abu Dhabi Summit today.

If those upon whom power is entrusted by president Bio to run the country in his absence are unable to do so, then the least they could do, is to help maintain the hard won peace which successive governments have painstakingly managed to build, after the country’s devastating civil war.

If they cannot do this, then it is time for president Bio to make hard decisions about the future of his deputies and senior officials, including the minister of internal affairs, the Inspector General of Police – who ‘technically’ will shortly be going into retirement.

On the very day of the bloody violence outside the opposition APC party office in Freetown, president Bio was making grand speeches to fellow Heads of State in Abu Dhabi, about his commitment and efforts in consolidating peace in Sierra Leone. What an irony. Hypocrisy, many would accuse the president.

President Bio was speaking about his government’s commitment to establish a Commission for Peace and National Cohesion, whilst back home in Freetown – supporters of his SLPP party were on the streets engaging in a senseless, bloody and dangerous running battle with opposition party supporters.

The international community will not be moved in providing funding for the establishment of a Commission for Peace and National Cohesion, simply because political leaders choose to invoke violence. They can only be moved by the efforts they could see on the ground, being made by politicians and stakeholders, in building and sustaining the peace, which can be achieved without spending millions of dollars on a Peace Commission. That money should be used to tackle poverty, provide skills training and create jobs for the young people that are being used by politicians to foment chaos and violence..

Speaking in Abu Dhabi as the rioting was taking place in Freetown, president Bio reiterated his commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goals. But how is he going to achieve this, with the country in constant heightened political tension, and households suffering serious economic hardship?

The President spoke about the progress his government has made in increasing access to education through the Free Quality Education Programme, which he says is benefitting over two million children. But all of this could be unravelled, if urgent attention is not directed at easing political tension in the country. Without peace and stability, there is no development.

He was speaking about the importance of investment in education, and calling on young people to take advantage of quality education so that they could become part of the country’s development process. But these are the same young people that are being used by rogue politicians to instigate political violence and chaos on the streets. (Photo: Deputy Internal affairs minister at the scene of the violence, Watch the video below with his supporters). 

President Bio was also speaking about investment opportunities in Sierra Leone, especially in the energy sector; and advised other African governments to prioritise the use of science, technology and innovation in governance.

But the president must know that foreign investors will keep staying away from Sierra Leone, for as long as there is political tension and instability in the country, and bloody violence on the streets.

Sadly, what other African governments will see today, is not the attempts being made by his government in prioritising the use of science, technology and innovation in governance, but a weak and indecisive president, lacking leadership and the ability to sustain Sierra Leone’s hard won peace. Time to prove them wrong Mr President.

Mr President – it is time for change.

Watch this video Mr President:

17 Comments

  1. Hi Emmanuel! How are you? Long time nor see brother. Were you aware of the 10th anniversary of The Sierra Leone Telegraph Newspaper? I celebrated it with Whisky, brandy and some Palm Wine with friends. I also took some “Bahneh”. The red flag was shown to me for not complying with the rules. Can you imagine? Also, there was a friendly fire issue between myself and Mr. Alimamy Turay. You can ask Mr. Alimamy Turay about what happened. Believe me, it was just lots of booze all the way and lots of fun. Anyway, happy 2019 Christmas and a prosperous decade. It sounds awkward but I can’t say it otherwise. God bless you.

    • No worries mate. These ‘things’ happen at times. Think APC … think Economic Development and Social Cohesion … and then, think Sam Sumana. But don’t forget Samura Kamara?

  2. OH, Mr. Salieu Bah. Let Juldeh as you rightly call your man, win a constituency contest before dreaming to become President. Don’t you know that State House is already in sight to be occupied by the APC? Maybe you can answer this question – Have they started packing their suitcases?

    Mr. Salieu Bah there supporting Juldeh, someone, no one knows in Sierra Leone. Would Mr. Salieu Bah clarify which Juldeh he is taking about? Think about that Mr. Salieu Bah and send me an urgent reply. God bless Mr. Salieu Bah and all the Juldehs.

  3. Totapak? You got the wrong man Amigo.(lol) Now let me hear those brilliant strategies, that you have hidden up those rumpled,dishevelled sleeves of yours,that badly need ironing.(lol)

    Mr Bah,on this glorious forum, you will have to put your money where your mouth is – get yourself a truck,and have it fully loaded with all the papers,and documents,of plans, schemes, tactics,and stratagems detailing how you intend to get Juldeh to become the next President of Sierra Leone and come back with your most colorful, unrealistic, countless wonderful,adorable ideas,and talk to me(lmao)

    I would like to hear stories, about the road less travelled that will surely take VP Juldeh to State House.(lol)

    The man will never ever become President of Sierra Leone, before Sam Sumana,or Samura, unless of course Almighty God wants that to happen…and this one thing,I know – the Master of the Universe will never choose a string,and hand puppet controlled by tribalists as a President for a poor, struggling nation as ours. – I am sure of it! Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

  4. You. Well, former President Koroma has set a record that would be difficult for any present and future leader to break. He is the only leader, in the history of Sierra Leone, that attained a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in excess of 20%. One of the fastest growing economies in the world, covering the period 2007 – 2014; right into the second term of his presidency. A period when Koroma’s vessel the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ was steaming at ease, apparently without any counteracting forces against it.

    However, his fortunes changed due to circumstances beyond his control: the ebola epidemic; the loss of revenue in the iron ore industry, as a result of global meltdown in the prices for the commodity; and the unfortunate mudslide in Freetown. EBK encountered an economic storm whose repercussions were still reverberating up to the end of his presidency in early 2018. Any reasonable and conscientious individual would have to reflect his mind on these devastating issues or parameters, when evaluating the overall performance of former President Koroma.

    As regards to his personal attributes, there is hardly any aspect in life whether physical, economic, social and political that one can compare the great Ernest Bai Koroma to the falsified and hyped-up Julius Maada Bio. For starters, Maada Bio’s biggest problem is his lack of presidential material – he does not have the natural stature, flair and confidence; the very significant traits in the modern world that reflect the image of a president. On the other angle, Bai Koroma is full of charisma, presence and flair that display presidential image. He does not have to exert extraordinary effort in executing his duties in the management of human resource – the essential qualities of a natural leader.

    Unlike Maada Bio, Bai Koroma gained his economics degree at Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone. After graduating, he taught for a couple of years, worked in the insurance industry, before joining politics. Looking from another perspective, Maada Bio followed an army career and had a brief spell as the country’s military leader. He had to relinquish power to a civilian government, ominously to his party the SLPP, before fleeing to the United States.

    For over two decades (1996-2018) Maada Bio was not associated with any meaningful or reputable employment. Unfortunately, he tried to secure asylum status in the US without any success; and mysteriously ended up in the United Kingdom. Then … YOU, have the audacity to draw a parallel of such a gold digger to the indomitable Earnest Bai Koroma? (to be cont’d)

  5. OH Mr. Oluwale John. Are you searching for me? Hey, here I am. How do you do? Your rhetoric does not seem to have meat on the bone. Do you agree with me GENTLEMAN? I asked you questions which you refuse to answer. Instead, you gave an unfortunate rhetoric to dodge the questions. Just answer my questions. If you don’t, I will continue to remind you each time you post something. You can’t just post anything on this glorious platform like that. When you post something, you must be ready to answer some serious questions. This glorious platform can sometimes be challenging and hot to be. So, you must be ready for all eventualities. Discuss.

    It does not matter to me, whether you come from a planet other than earth or not. What matters to me is, answer to my questions and let’s start the debate. You were trying to prove your bias ideology by sending ages old video to compare it to what happened in the beginning of this decade. Vengeance for vengeance. What? No hiding place for you Mr Oluwale John. Just come up with the answers. Mr. Oluwale John somewhere on planet earth trying to hide from my legitimate questions. God bless Mr Oluwale John.

  6. Oh sorry Mr. Editor, you don’t have other news from Sierra Leone? And Mr. Alusine Fallay: do you believe, that these former military officers could become president without mighty people behind them?

  7. Mr. Sahr Matturi, For your information 29 out of 45 American Presidents are former military officers including late President J.F Kennedy, late President W. H Bush and President W. Bush. To be a “SOJAH” is the most honorable job in the world because you are sacrificing your life to defend your country. Even President Obassanjo and President Jerry Rawlings are few examples in our region who helped transform their nation to what they are today.

    I understand you are trying very hard to “SORT“ out the brain of “DEN BIG FOOL DEN CHIEF “ but that doesn’t warrant you to disrespect our FOUNTAIN OF HONOR AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES PRESIDENT RETIRED BRIGADIER DR. JULIUS MAADA BIO.
    My only advice to you is to start negotiating with the C4C to keep the option open for your hero just in case he is chased out of APC again, and I hope they will realize as the Krio proverb says- “ BIG FOOL BUSH NOR DAE FOR TROWAY BIG FOOL PEKIN “.

    • Indeed. 29 out of 45 all military officers. But 1 out of 2 in 2023 is APC. D’accord Monsieur Alusine Fallay? These men as you stated which is subject to verification are all soldiers. They were soldiers but, the difference with these noble soldiers was, they had seasoned political aids and advisers, who helped them to execute their duties as Presidents, with the utmost respect for their offices and the rule of law.

      There were no barbaric and violent attacks on opposition politicians and their members whilst they were out of the country. Just give me one example where barbarity and violence occurred whilst any of these great soldiers during their time as Presidents occurred, whether they were in the country or out. They all have Vice Presidents who were very strong and advisers who were law abiding and know how to govern a country. Do you agree with me Mr. Alusine Fallay? Have to.

      Mr. Alusine Fallay was one of those who were crying and screaming Wolf, Wolf when his party was in opposition, saying that, the APC was violent. Now, the same Mr. Alusine Fallay is supporting barbarity and violence in the country. Is that not double standards Mr. Alusine Fallay? Hear Mr. Alusine Fallay somewhere there trying to give me lectures on past American Presidents and at the same time, trying to preach respect of a Soja to me.

      God bless all former US Presidents and Mr. Alusine Fallay. God bless President Bio and the people of Sierra Leone. God bless America.

  8. A National Unity Government, carried and powered by us SALONE PEOPLE is the answer!!! I’m tired of these SLPP and APC rethorics, they will NEVER, EVER solve our Problems. The problems of a developing country like ours cannot be solved based on party lines, so please add your voice for A National Unity Government!

    • “The problems of a developing country like ours cannot be solved based on party lines, so please add your voice for A National Unity Government!” – Mr Moiba.

      Very well said Mr Moiba, you are a true patriot of the Motherland. Please add my voice to your call for a National Unity Government.

  9. I don’t get what you are trying to tell the world Mr. Oluwale John. Are you trying to say that Sierra Leoneans must fight vengeance with vengeance? Secondly, how many times did that happen during the President Ernest Bai Koroma Administration? Thirdly, what motivated you by bringing out this long time video? Finally, is it just because you want to prove your very bias point? Please reply me as soon as possible. I want both of us to debate this issue for the whole world to read and become our referee.

    Hear Mr. Oluwale John somewhere there on planet earth trying to convince me with a petty video proof and at the same time trying to give a bias information on the leadership qualities of the best Vice President our country ever had no other than the famous, charismatic, strong, cool headed, influential, diligent, honest, trustworthy and the next President of the republic of Sierra Leone; Chief Sam Sumana. God bless Chief Sam Sumana and Mr. Oluwale John.

    • “I don’t get what you are trying to tell the world Mr. Oluwale John. Are you trying to say that Sierra Leoneans must fight vengeance with vengeance? Secondly, how many times did that happen during the President Ernest Bai Koroma Administration? Thirdly, what motivated you by bringing out this long time video? Finally, is it just because you want to prove your very bias point?” – Chief Sahr Nutturi there somewhere in La La land, with his head up high into the clouds, refusing to face reality. Lol

      Sahr, you are one funny dude. I dont know whether to take you seriously or not. Where have you been all these years my friend, or are you dispalying the classic syndrome of “see no evil, hear no devil and speak no evil”. This is the problem with Sierra Leone. Supporters of political parties and rogue politicians canot bring themselves to accept the truth of what is happening in our country.

      Sahr, you can continue to behave like an ostrich as much as you like, and keep referring to me as someone from anothr planet. Thats your right to free speech my dear brother. But lets be clear about one thing; until we can muster the courage and honesty to call out our politicians for what they are, – irrespective of our political or tribal affiliation, there will never be change and development in Sierra Leone.

      P.S – By the way, I am not trying to tell the world anything. They already know who and what we are – a failed State thats always looking out for foreign handouts and bailouts for our survival. Enjoy your evening.

  10. After Bio nar Juldeh? And seriously,where is that going to happen amigo? In outer space,or some not yet discovered planet, hahahahaha, because that is certainly not going to happen in Sierra Leone,not now,not ever. Just you wait until either Samura,or Samsumana become our flag bearer,or team up together,and it will be game over – CHECKMATE! Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

    • Game over indeed in Jesus’ name. These two men will eventually decide to take our country out of this mess. The APC and these two men have to seriously decide if they want our country to suffer 8 more years of barbarity and vengeance or, make our country the paradise of Africa. Nevertheless, I believe strongly that, Sierra Leoneans even if they don’t like the APC, will lend their votes by holding their nose to vote APC come 2023. It is in no one’s interest to see our country plunge into chaos and anarchy by some irresponsible, reckless and hoodlum minded henchmen and unscrupulous politicians.

      Let’s don’t forget that there are other capable men and women in the APC party that are capable of steering the ship of our country well. I believe that, with the leadership of former President Ernest Bai Koroma, all will be well. The NRM just handed over the decision making power back to former President Ernest Bai Koroma. What a blessing! God bless you Mr. Saidu Conteh. God bless Chief Sam Sumana, Dr. Samura Kamara, former President Ernest Bai Koroma and the APC party.

    • Saidu Conteh, You and one John Leigh in 2017, after gulping tota pak said that Bio would never become president. But behold he did. Juldeh it has been ordained is going to be the next president in 2028 after Bio.

    • Good day my brother, do you think what those guys couldn’t do in ten years, will be done when they are in governance. You are very intelligent but keep looking at things through your political lens. My bro, with all the corruption allegations against them, you keep praying for their presidency. I hope you were not one of those that partake of those corrupt practices that contributed to where we are today. Think Salone and not political party because the future will judge us bro. Thanks.

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